Sample Essay Paper on Adolescence and Identity

Adolescence and Identity


This paper depicts a summary of an interview that I conducted with two adults based on how they felt while growing up from adolescence to maturity. It focuses on their youth experience, and ways it led to their current unique personality. I opted for a one-on-one interview, whereby interviewees were of both gender named Larry and Lisbeth. Apparently, the two have attained 40 years and each has a family. After selecting an appropriate venue, I was set for the interview and the following were the questions I asked;

Interview Questions

  • What is it the most memorable thing you did during adolescent?
  • Which awful experience did you encounter while growing up?
  • When did you feel that you had grown up to be an adult?
  • How did you realize this, was it in a gradual or sudden manner?
  • How do you identify your adult style, roles, values, job and beliefs?
  • How old were you when experiencing these changes?
  • Did you conform or rebel to the expectations of parents and those of the society?
  • Can you mention the aspects of your adult identity that are most significant to you?
  • Explain if you are comfortable with your adult identity (Erickson, 2009).

Larry’s Response

The memorable thing I recall while still young is driving my father’s car without his knowledge, I almost got an accident. The awful incident that happened to me is that I got a girl pregnant at the age of 20 years. This led to a situation where I was forced by parents from both sides to take responsibility of the pregnancy. It was hectic to work and cater for her expenses since we were chased away from home.

I felt as an adult when I turned 25 years with plenty responsibilities to cater for. This was both physically and psychologically as my reasoning capacity changed. I avoided all sorts of trouble because my past experiences taught me to be a responsible person. Life shaped me, and I suddenly realized my change to maturity while taking responsibility of the girl I impregnated. I identify my adult style depending on people I mingle with in society whom we share similar values and beliefs (Levy, 2012).  For instance, as a grown up individual, I interact mostly with people I work with and my age mates because we reason the same way.

I began experiencing these changes when I turned 28 years old. At this point, I obeyed expectations of everybody because I knew how to behave like a gentleman. However, during adolescent, I acted contrary to expectations of my parents and everyone in community. Aspects of my adult identity that are vital include respect and obedience to everyone despite the gender or age.  It makes me happy and comfortable to be a grown up individual because I indulge in doing the right things hence avoid trouble.



Lisbeth’s Response

At adolescence, the most memorable thing I did was to visit kids in an orphanage. My colleagues and I had formed a group of five where we used to contribute food and clothes to orphans. The awful experience I faced while growing up was when I was raped by our houseboy in absence of my parents. I felt I was an adult when I started working at 25 years to cater for my expenses.

To me growing up was a gradual process that I realized in every step I took in my life. I identify my adult style by helping others through my career in community development hence boosts their values and beliefs. I encountered these changes immediately I got married at 26 years old. Throughout my life, I made petty mistakes but I have never disobeyed my parents and other people in society. The aspects that I value most in my adulthood are that I make good decisions that I do not hurt others.  I am comfortable with my identity as an adult because I can do anything I want as long as it is right.

Summarizing the interview, three points on style that Larry perceived to be vital when growing up are interacting with his age groups, sharing similar beliefs, and values. Conversely, Lisbeth’s significant roles were helping others, including her family members, the needy, and society in general. The two experienced similar changes during development when they both became adults (Montana, 2010). They were both 25 years and working to meet their needs. Their growth to maturity was different based on each interviewee’s action during adolescent. Larry was a bad boy when she impregnated a girl while Lisbeth was a good girl when she assisted orphans.



Erickson’s theory analyzes development change among individuals in a useful way by revealing the impact of social experience in entire lifespan. In regard to his ego identity stage, Erickson claim that it occurs via social interaction, which leads to growth or failure of an individual. This applies to my interviewees’ case during adolescent when Larry’s ego made him to impregnate a girl. Contrary to Lisbeth, her ego was strong and made her grow up by helping others.













Erickson, E. (2009). Development Theory of Maturity. New York: Cengage Learning

Levy, M. (2012). Adolescence and Adult Identity. Michigan: University of Michigan

Montana, K. (2010). Experiences of Growing Up. Chicago: Loyola University of             Chicago